Parents Forced to Seek Ways to Supplement Education

School budget cuts require parents and kids to seek other avenues for music education.

As parents, we want to give our children the very best life offers. For many parents, this includes a well-rounded educational experience. However, with school budgets continuing to be slashed, parents are forced to look elsewhere to make up for the programs which were once part of the curriculum. Of the many programs being cut, music instruction has taken a big hit.

“An appreciation of the arts is important at any age, especially in the developmental years,” says Lisa Bartley, a California parent who has both of her children enrolled in private piano lessons.

Steven Cox, Founder and CEO of TakeLessons, America’s premier private lessons company, says Bartley’s situation is all too commonplace. “TakeLessons speaks with parents each day who are interested in providing music lessons to supplement their children’s education.”

As music programs are being cut from schools, TakeLessons’ phones continue to ring. In fact, it is not just the parents calling, but also their children. While TakeLessons requires parents to be part of process, kids have taken it upon themselves to do research online and via phone.

TakeLessons recognized the significant impact on students and worked diligently to develop a plan that made the search and access to music lessons simple. “Music inspires creativity and builds confidence,” said Cox. “It helps kids realize at a young age that success is not limited to sports and academics.”

In fact, a Harris Interactive Poll revealed that 96% of principals interviewed agree that participation in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school. Further, 89% of principals feel that a high-quality music-education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates.

As a solution to help these young students, TakeLessons recently partnered with Learning Care Group, Inc., the second largest for-profit early education and child care provider in North America, to provide at school or in-home music lessons to children ages 5-12 at select schools within the Learning Care Group umbrella of brands, including Tutor Time, Childtime Learning Centers, The Children’s Courtyard and La Petite Academy.

Beginning September 1st, TakeLessons Certified™ Instructors will be providing affordable singing lessons, guitar lessons and piano lessons onsite in over 75 participating Learning Care Group, Inc. locations, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Seattle with plans to expand into other locations.

For more information about these new programs, please contact:

Tutor Time: 877-356-6434 – takelessons.com/tutor-time

Childtime: 877-356-6436 – takelessons.com/childtime

The Children’s Courtyard: 877-356-6425 – takelessons.com/childrens-courtyard

La Petite Academy: 877-356-6438 – takelessons.com/la-petite

About TakeLessons

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America’s full-service music and voice lessons provider. With lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in over 2,800 cities nationwide, it is easy for students to start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2004 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers, as well as at-work lessons programs for corporate clients and their employees.

Website: takelessons.com/

Music Lessons: takelessons.com/category/browse

Music Lessons by City: takelessons.com/cities-music-lessons

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Posted On: San Diego, CA (Vocus) August 24, 2010

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